God Wants You To Be Happy. So Why Aren’t You?

Charles Spurgeon, the famous English pastor, wrote: “My dear brothers and sisters, if anybody in the world ought to be happy, we are the people.” If that’s true, if Christians really should be the happiest people in the world, why aren’t we? Maybe it’s because we don’t think that God cares about our happiness or that we think that seeking our happiness gets in the way of our Christian duty to live for God or because we have searched for happiness in the wrong places? In his short, little, easy to read book, God’s Promise of Happiness, Randy Alcorn takes on all those issues but most importantly helps Christians find the happiness they crave.

10 Statements About Our Happiness From Randy Alcorn

1. “Happiness-seeking is built into every person, of every age and circumstance.”

2. “There are more than 2,700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exaltation, and celebration.”

3. “God makes it clear that seeking happiness through sin is wrong and fruitless. But seeking happiness in him is good and right.”

4. “Both psychological research and Scripture demonstrate that those who give generously and serve others are happy people.”

5. “Research indicates there is ‘little correlation between the circumstances of people’s lives and how happy they are.’”

6. “Sometimes happiness eludes us because we demand perfection in an imperfect world.”

7. “In the end, we have two choices: both God and happiness neither God nor happiness.”

8. “Nothing is more poisonous than the spirit of entitlement that permeates our culture and sometimes, sadly, our churches. Some people are perpetually disappointed with their employer, their employees, the waiter, the salesclerk, the coach, the referee, the airline, the government, the police, family, friends, neighbors, and church. This robs us of happiness and God of glory. If we believe God’s in charge, then our complaints are about him. How dare he not give us what we want, when we want it? We should see things as they are. We deserve expulsion; God gives us a diploma. We deserve the electric chair; he gives us a parade. Anything less than overwhelming gratitude should be unthinkable.”

9. “Countless people in worse situations are happier than those in better situations. This demonstrates that happiness is dependent not on circumstances but on perspective, which is determined by our focus.”

10. “Christians see the world seeking happiness instead of holiness, so we assume we should not seek happiness at all. But this false contrast between holiness and happiness is both unbiblical and impractical. The devil’s lie is that embracing holiness brings unhappiness. But God says duty and delight are connected.”

 

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